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Transhipment through India of containerized export cargo of Bangladesh destined for third countries using Riverine and Land routes - Customs - 19/2022

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..... orted to third countries. 2. Representations have now been received from trade for providing similar transhipment facility to Bangladesh's export cargo through India using a combination of waterways and land routes. It has been suggested to allow export goods of Bangladesh to enter India through the riverine Land Customs Station of Hemnagar. move up to Kolkata or Haldia port using waterways, and thereafter cross through the Indian territory by rail up to Nhava Sheva or Mundra port, from where the goods would be exported to third countries by sea route. 3.1. With a view to facilitating the trade and leveraging the potential of inland waterways for enhancing trade and transit, it has been decided to allow the transhipment of containerized export goods of Bangladesh through India using riverine and rail routes, entailing two legs of movements as follows: a) the first leg involves entry of containerized cargo into India through LCS Hemnagar. from where the goods shall be transported to the sea port of Kolkata or Haldia on a barge/vessel using the riverine route agreed under the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade between India and Bangladesh (IBP route): and b) the second le .....

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..... t be feasible upon arrival of cargo at LCS Hemnagar because some containers may be inaccessible due to their nature of stacking in the hold of the Barge/Vessel. 3.6. The authorized carrier shall prepare loading / placement plan, clearly describing the details of placement, container wise and hold wise, along with a schematic diagram showing the containers that are placed at each level on the Barge/Vessel. The loading / placement plan should ensure that the OTL side, to the extent possible, is kept accessible for the purpose of checking of the OTLs at LCS Hemnagar by Customs. 3.7. Steps at LCS Hemnagar: (i) On arrival at Hemnagar, the authorized carrier shall present to the Customs officer a Bill of Transhipment (BoT), in quadruplicate (as specified in Annexure-B) for the Bangladesh export goods intended to be transhipped through India for export to third countries. The unique serial number of OTL for each container shall be declared in the BoT. (ii) Along with the BoT, the authorized carrier shall also present to the Customs the loading / placement plan of containers on the Barge/Vessel, inter alia, to facilitate the undertaking of preventive checks by the Customs officer. (iii) Th .....

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..... 3.8. Steps at Kolkata / Haldia Port: (i) Upon arrival of goods at the sea port of Kolkata / Haldia. the Master of Barge/Vessel shall present the sealed cover containing the BoT copies (Duplicate and Triplicate) to the Customs officer, who shall check the genuineness of the said copies with the scanned copy received over NIC e-office from LCS Hemnagar. (ii) The Customs officer shall verify integrity of the RFID seals and the ECTS seal, put on the tarpaulin, with the e-seal reader (for RFID seals) and web portal (for ECTS seal). He shall also verify the serial numbers of e-seals with the details available in the BoT. If the e-seals are found intact and no alert was received of unauthorized unsealing of the ECTS seal, he shall allow unloading of containers from the Barge/Vessel. If any tampering of e-seals or any alert of unauthorized unsealing is noticed or the tarpaulin itself is found to be tampered, all containers in the hold shall be subjected to open and examine 100%. (iii) Upon unloading from the Barge/Vessel, the Customs officer shall verify availability of all containers declared in the BoT. He shall also verify integrity of all OTLs on each container, without exception, and .....

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..... inform the Customs formation nearest to the container location for any possible preventive action. 3.9. Steps at Nhava Sheva / Mundra Port: (i) Upon arrival at the Nhava Sheva / Mundra Port, the person-in-charge of the railway train shall submit the BoT (Triplicate copy) in sealed cover to the Customs officer, who shall check the ECTS web application for seal integrity of each ECTS seal. If there is no alert regarding unauthorized unsealing, tampering etc.. and the e-seal is visually intact, the ECTS seal shall be removed and returned to the person-in-charge of the train or specified representative of authorized carrier. (ii) Where any alert of unauthorized unsealing, tampering etc. is noticed, or where e-seal is visually found not intact, such container shall be subjected to open and examine 100%. During the examination, if the goods are found as per declaration in the BoT, the container shall be allowed for further onward movement. However, if the goods are not found as per the details presented in the BoT. the matter shall be informed to the Customs officer at LCS Hemnagar who will initiate further necessary action under the Customs Act, 1962 and other relevant laws. (iii) The .....

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..... e shall also describe the more detailed procedural aspects including those related to reconciling the movement details and documents, local logistics of unloading, holding at the Port and loading etc. These Zones shall consult amongst themselves for effective and smooth implementation of this transhipment procedure. The Zones shall also issue Standing Order for its officers to follow, including for maintaining safety of the cargo during open examination, if any. 9. In the implementation of this Circular, improvements, if any. should be brought to the notice of the Board. Hindi version follows. (Bullo Mamu) Under Secretary (LC) Annexure-A INTIMATION OF ARRIVAL AT HEMNAGAR FOR TRANSHIPMENT Name and address of Authorized Carrier filing the Bill of Transhipment Registration details of Authorized Carrier with Commissioner of Customs (Prev.), West Bengal Land Customs Station of entry into India Details of Barge/Vessel on which goods will arrive from Bangladesh Expected Date and Time of arrival Name and contact number of Barge Operator Customs station of transit (Kolkata / Haldia Port) Customs station of final exit from India (Nhava Sheva / Mundra) Overseas port of final discharge Transhi .....

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